I was surprised by how much some students struggled on the map portion. We've gone to the computer lab several times, but it has been a while. We've also done some other map work. I'll want to look at that a little more closely to see if I can figure out what students are missing and why.
You should also know that I counted the essay as extra credit. I graded these myself, and everyone scored well - well, at least out of those that I've scored so far.
Since we just took the quiz, I don't have anything vital to post. But I do have something interesting. If you remember back to Wednesday's post, I had students challenge adults to a game of Pictionary. I received quite a few back. I thought I'd post my favorite answers:
In case you couldn't get that, here are their answers along with the pictures:
Mom: Shrimp with arms
Correct answer: Brahman. The judges are still out as to whether or not Tyler should get the credit for this. As a teacher, I don't grade for spelling when I'm trying to assess whether or not they know social studies. I'll grade for spelling if I'm assessing spelling. The problem is that "Brahmin" refers to the priestly caste within Hinduism, Brahman refers to the God of Hinduism. The eternal spirit, if you'd prefer.
Correct answer: Gandhi. Yeah... we were going for Gandhi on this one. He's burning the passes. Although, now I can only see Pacman eating a garbage full of money on fire.
Tyler: The making of salt.
Correct answer: The Ganges River. In class, the artist drew the river first, and when the class couldn't get it, added Gandhi. Then, when they still couldn't get it, he told them it began with the letter "g." In Tyler's defense, the making of the salt is a fantastic guess. In India, the making of salt was illegal, only the British could make it. So, he famously marched to the sea to make it in defiance of the British. It's something we talked about in class. We have never talked about balloons wearing sunglasses... But in Mom's defense, she's never been in my class, so I expect her to know none of these.
Correct answer: India. Though, that is supposed to be Gandhi standing beside it.
Correct answer: Karma. Good job, Tyler! You've taken the lead 1-0.
Tyler's answer: Oligarchy.
Correct answer: Oligarchy. Tyler! You'll pulling away! 2-0. An oligarchy, is an unelected group of leaders who rule with dictatorial power. It's one of the unlimited governments we studied about earlier in the year. ...The crowns are deceiving. It might lead one to believe it's some form of monarchy. It's not. But neither are they mohawks.
Tyler: dead man.
Correct answer: Reincarnation. Tyler is close. But the arrow is supposed to mean that the spirit of the dead man was reincarnated into another living being.
Tyler: Siddhartha Guatama.
Correct answer: Siddhartha Guatama. 3-0 Tyler. And a funeral is one of the things Guatama saw on his walk.
Correct answer: Standard of living. The judges almost gave each of the contestants a point for this answer, but in the end decided against it. It was very controversial, even though it wouldn't have affected the game's outcome.
Correct answer: Urbanization. 4-0
Tyler: Caste system
Correct answer: Caste system, however we're giving mom a point on this one. 5-1!
Tyler gets the prize for most correct answers. Mom gets the prize for the most humorous answers. In fact, part of me likes her answers more. ...You know on those standarized tests where it always say, "choose the best answer...?" This game is really making me second guess that. Luckily, those tests are multiple choice - so we'll never see answers this good.
My students can get extra credit if they read and discuss this blog with an adult. Ultimately, I just think it's important to discuss social studies outside of the classroom. The more you do that, the better. Maybe tell your parents (or whoever you're talking to) how you did on the test. Or how you think you did. Maybe you could check the grades to see if I've posted them yet.
When you're done, write a couple sentences telling me about your conversation. Have the adult sign the paper. Turn it in to me tomorrow. (Make sure your name, date, and hour are on it.)
*EDIT* To the other students who asked me if I could post what your parents put, sorry for the let down. I didn't have a chance to give them a call to get permission. Also, I don't have time to add them to this post. But you're right: there were a lot of good responses.